ponder

[pon-der]
verb (used without object)
1.
to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often followed by over or upon ).
verb (used with object)
2.
to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully: He pondered his next words thoroughly.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English pondren < Middle French ponderer < Latin ponderāre to ponder, weigh; akin to pendēre to be suspended, hang (see pend)

ponderer, noun
reponder, verb (used without object)
unpondered, adjective
well-pondered, adjective


1. reflect, cogitate, deliberate, ruminate.
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ponder (ˈpɒndə)
 
vb (when intr, sometimes foll by on or over)
to give thorough or deep consideration (to); meditate (upon)
 
[C14: from Old French ponderer, from Latin ponderāre to weigh, consider, from pondus weight; related to pendere to weigh]

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ponder
early 14c., "to estimate the worth of, to appraise," from O.Fr. ponderare "to weigh, poise," from L. ponderare "to ponder, to consider," lit. "to weigh," from pondus (gen. ponderis) "weigh" (see pound (1)). Meaning "to weigh a matter mentally" is attested from late 14c.
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Example sentences
She also ponders the makeup of dark matter, unseen particles that have shaped
  the growth of the entire cosmos.
Flavia ponders how to respond to students' disclosure of personal issues.
No one ponders the idea of reducing deficits by giving money away to people who
  don't need it.
The general public enjoys a pleasurable outrage whenever it ponders
  contemporary art.
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